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Mooseheart’s home football games are increasingly well-attended by members of the Moose fraternity as well as the campus’ students and staff.
MOOSEHEART, May 16 - While the title of the popular television show may have touted the “Friday Night Lights” aspect of high school football, Mooseheart will in 2013 be playing nearly half its season in Saturday Afternoon Sunshine.
In the schedule, released Wednesday, May 15, the Ramblers have four Saturday games and a further Thursday contest, meaning only four contests will be played on Friday. The first of these games is the Aug. 30 season opener, a home contest against Kirkland Hiawatha.
Mooseheart, coming off a 9-2 campaign and its fifth playoff appearance in seven seasons in 2012, hits the road for its second contest and plays the newest football-playing member of the Northeastern Athletic Conference – Westminster Christian. Though the Warriors have competed in all other sports in the conference, this is their first season playing football.
Under the direction of Head Coach Gary Urwiler, who has compiled a 76-58 record in 14 seasons as Ramblers’ head coach, Mooseheart has five home games in 2013, including a Sept. 12 contest—played on Thursday to enable any of North Shore Country Day’s Jewish students to honor the Yom Kippur holy day.
Homecoming is more than a football game at every high school, but the date is very special at Mooseheart, as alumni are actually returning to their childhood home; plus, many hundreds of Moose members of a number of state Moose associations will visit the campus on Oct. 5 before attending the 1 p.m. football game against Alden-Hebron.
Mooseheart competes in the Northeastern Athletic Conference, of which it was a founding member in 2009. Last year’s football conference champion was Ottawa Marquette, and the Ramblers visit the Crusaders for the second consecutive year when they travel to Gould Stadium on Friday, Oct. 11 for a 7 p.m. contest.
The Ramblers final two contests of the regular season are both home games: Oct. 11 against Chicago Hope Academy and Oct. 25 against Rockford Christian Life.
Mooseheart 2013 Varsity Football Schedule
Friday, Aug. 30, home vs. Kirkland Hiawatha, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 7, at Westminster Christian, 1 p.m.
Thursday. Sept. 12, home vs. North Shore Country Day, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 21, at Luther North, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28, at Christian Liberty, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 5, home vs. Alden-Hebron (homecoming), 1 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11, at Ottawa Marquette, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18, home vs. Chicago Hope, 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 25, home vs. Rockford Christian Life, 7 p.m.
Upcoming Events at Mooseheart
May 16: Spring Band and Choral Concert, 2:15 p.m., House of God
May 18: 10th Annual Blessing of the Bikes, 9 a.m., Mooseheart Fieldhouse, House of God
May 20, Memorial Day Program, 3 p.m., House of God
May 23, Honors and Awards Program, 1 p.m., Mooseheart Fieldhouse
May 25, High School Commencement, 3:30 Mooseheart Fieldhouse and Stadium
July 27, Mooseheart Centennial Celebration, Mooseheart Fieldhouse and Stadium
Since its founding, Mooseheart has operated a complete, accredited kindergarten-through-high-school academic program, plus art, music, vocational training and interscholastic sports. It is an extremely nurturing and student-tailored program, with an average student-teacher ratio of 12-1.
Mooseheart students who complete their studies with a 3.0 GPA or better (4.0=A) are eligible for up to five years of annually renewable scholarship funding, covering tuition, room and board in an amount comparable to that required for an in-state student at an Illinois public university.
Mooseheart is currently home to roughly 220 students, ranging in age from preschoolers to high school seniors. Applications for admission to Mooseheart are considered from any family whose children are, for whatever reason, lacking a stable home environment. Mooseheart boasts its own U.S. Post Office and a fully functioning branch of Fifth Third Bank.
In addition to Mooseheart, Moose International also supports Moosehaven, a 75-acre retirement community near Jacksonville, FL founded in 1922; and conducts more than $70 million worth of community service programs annually.